Joan Hall mayor

Joan Hall mayor 1976

The photo on the left shows Joan Hall as Mayor in 1976.   The one on the right below shows Iva Hall working as Treasurer of the Thornbury Rugby Club.  Click on each photo to see the full image.

Joan Elizabeth Cox bought the house at 8 Gloucester Road, Thornbury in 1971.  The house had been owned by the Trustees of George Hodges, the previous occupier had been Percy Hand, but the house had been left vacant for some time.

Joan was a science teacher employed by Castle School in Thornbury.  She was also a local councillor for several years, serving on the Parish Council, and was Vice-Chairman for three years from 1973 to 1976.  In 1976/77 she was elected Town Mayor.  She stepped down after only one year to spend more time with her family, although she continued to act as a councillor for several more years.

During her time on the Council, Joan was very active in fighting for the opening of a new Community Hall which was opened as the Armstrong Hall in 1972.  She also played a major role in the extension of the town’s cemetery.   Joan was also a committee member of the Thornbury Festival Committee, Concern for Thornbury, and Thornbury Conservative Association.

The image below shows Joan meeting with Annie Pitcher who was celebrating her 100th birthday.  Annie told Joan that she had lived in the same house in Gloucester Road where Joan was living.

Joan Hall with Annie Pitcher aged 100

Since retiring from the Council she served as Lay Representative on the Leyhill Prison, has continued her interest in local issues and regularly attends council meetings.

In 1973 Joan married at St Mary’s Church.  She had met Iva Arnold Hall at the local rugby club five years earlier.  They were both keen members of Thornbury Tennis Club.

Iva had moved from his home in Grimsby to work at Bristol Siddeley (Rolls Royce) in Patchway where he was a senior engineer involved in the development of the Olympus 593 engine for the Concorde.  His work took him to many interesting places in Eastern Europe and further afield including China.  He has a wealth of stories of his experiences being entertained by his foreign hosts.

Iva Hall treasurerIva was a founder member of Thornbury Rugby Club.  In 1962 he and four friends had met in the back room of The Swan public house to form a committee with the object of creating a rugby club.  The first full season of the Club started in 1963.  Iva never aspired to play rugby for the club, but was Treasurer for 44 years until 2007 and continued to act as a fundraiser.  He also ‘ran the line’ until the 2012/2013 season despite being an octogenarian.  His contribution to rugby has been recognised on several occasions and he has received awards from national and county rugby organisations.  Click on the thumbnails below to see Iva in his many poses in the rugby club.

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Honorary Member of Glos RFU

“Running the line”


A well deserved drink

The Famous Five